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A GSM Pogo Dock and Some Sandpaper Walked Into a Bar, Out Came a Cheaper LTE Nexus Dock

Modding the official car dock for the Galaxy Nexus to work with the LTE version was pretty simple, however, if you want the cheaper GSM Pogo dock, you have a bit more work cut out for you. As many of you know, you can buy a Pogo dock that is made specifically for the LTE version (we reviewed it here), but at $90, it’s beyond pricey especially when you consider the GSM version is only $54 in the Play store. Unfortunately for LTE variant owners, your phone is slightly larger than the GSM variant and if docked in the GSM dock, will slide up over time, causing it to lose connection with the 3-pins that charge it. 

Thanks to an XDA member, we now know that a little elbow grease and some sandpaper will fix that problem. It’ll take some work, but if you want to save $36 and have some sandpaper handy, this may be worth a deeper look. At the source link below, the modder talks about the dirty details that and how he would have done it differently now, to save some of the prettiness.

Via:  XDA

Cheers EC8CH!

  • It’s a shame us nexus owners have to resort to such measures to not pay $90 plus tax to have POGO charging and MHL, HDMI Mirroring enabled in Landscape dock Mode.
    I’m sure when Ubuntu is released this will come down significantly in price.
    As of now, too rich for my blood.
    There is no guarantee that the POGO docks or any combination of charging and mirroring methods will maintain battery recharge rates faster than the discharge rate. Side note: How does it function? Stats please. 5V POGO @ ?V discharge rate…. as I’m eager to just throw my money at Samsung but I cant justify the value. $110 dollars will buy me a amd quad-core FX 4100. When im sitting on ONE C-Note. Id rather spend my money elsewhere………….. I still want it 🙂 just for $50 bucks max.Using the MHL adapter setup: the phone discharges at a rate faster than it recharges I’m hoping the POGO adapter offsets this by routing charge both ways. 1.Charge by the POGO and 2.charge via the MHL/USB Charger Port. Enabling Full blue tooth keyboard and mouse enabling, not only dock mode but a semi- quasi Google Desktop.
    Any advice would be help full.

    The inherent flaw in galaxy nexus is the omission of dedicated HDMI and the addition of POGO.( HTC EVO 4G had this feature 4 years AGO)

  • CheeseMcGee

    I updated the XDA thread, but I found a way to do this mod without scratching the crap out of the dock with sandpaper. Just scrape the left side of the dock down with a box cutter and it works perfect!

  • I did this last monday using a dremel – took five minutes – you don’t need to do the entire dock, just the left side

  • loving the polo

  • petrochemicals

    Does anyone else think this is crazy? Even at $54 this thing is waaaaaaayyy over priced. It’s a hunk of plastic with a pin connector connected to a micro USB female port. This should not cost more than $8. Hell you can get micro usb cables on ebay for $3. So that would make one assume the plastic and a three pin connector is woth $51. I don’t think so.

    • Detonation

      The audio out via the 3 pin connector is a bit more complicated, and there is likely a small circuit board inside driving it.

      • EC8CH

        Makes you wonder why they just don’t add and extra pin and pass each channel of the audio on it’s own pin? Then it would be direct and wouldn’t require any fancy signal processing.

        One X has 5 pogo pins… just sayin’ 🙂

  • Google just wants everything about the Nexus to be “customizable” and these mods should please the developers and hackers making you truly feel unique.

  • Q

    I broke down and paid 90 bucks for the LTE dock awhile back. It’s pricey, but it is a nice product. Feels like a slab of metal. Very well built. I also love the POGO pins. No lining up ports and wearing your phone. It just slides in and slides out like butter.

    • michael arazan

      if the dock came with built in decent speakers to amplify music and sounds for video like a stereo i could justify paying the $90 and would buy one

  • EC8CH

    If a third party retailer doesn’t hurry up and sell the lte dock at a discount, I am so tempted to do this.

  • NoDock4You

    What happened to those idiots that were incessantly posting in the comments that this dock would work with the LTE model right out of the box? *Chirp*Chirp*

  • frankandsimple

    Kellex, are you using an iPad to take the picture?? 🙂

    • CheeseMcGee

      He didn’t take those pictures. The dude who did the mod on XDA took the pictures of his dock.

      Kellex bought the $90 LTE version when they came out.

    • EC8CH


      • frankandsimple

        I guess you are too dumb to understand humor. Don’t get your panties in a wad for every thing bro… lighten up.

        • EC8CH

          Oh! That was supposed to be funny?

          Ignorant troll screws up when trying to be clever….

          Guess that is a bit funny.

          • frankandsimple

            no, that was actually a tongue-in-cheek QUESTION.. not an assertion.. but then again.. you are too dumb

          • EC8CH

            Oh no, I get how you were TRYING to be funny.

            It’s just that it’s funnier that you don’t wanna admit how you FAILED at it.

          • frankandsimple

            LOL.. you really have some mental issues don’t you? how can I FAIL at something when I am NOT claiming anything??
            Speaking about troll… you don’t seem to do anything BUT hang around over here commenting.. you seem like the epitome of troll!.. I hardly type out comments.. only once in a while.
            LOL… but if it helps you sleep better at night.. go along with your thought 🙂
            but seriously.. get some help.. and quit following me around like the paparazzi.

          • EC8CH

            You assume Kellex is taking the picture
            You assume he is using an iPad.
            You attempt to point this out and troll.
            You FAIL on all counts
            You attempt to deny looking like a fool.
            You FAIL once again

            Keep on going… just gets funnier.

          • frankandsimple

            What are you? in love with Kellex or something? I am sure he can defend himself (if he wants to.. which he clearly doesn’t coz he, unlike you.. knows how trivial this is.. ).
            Wow.. a single comment of mine evoking such hatred from inside of you!.. and you claim you have no mental issues? LOL..
            congrats.. you have proved yourself a loser. go get a real job.

          • EC8CH

            Wow… You really get defensive when someone points out you failed at trying to be funny.

          • frankandsimple

            and you really get butt hurt over something really trivial and not concerning you. You can’t with a clear conscience admit that you don’t have mental issues.

            I am not defensive about my original post after the first 2 comments. In fact, if I were.. I would have replied to the guy who pointed out that the picture was posted in xda. It is people like you that I enjoy rattling coz of your motivation to go trolling around replying to comments not directed at you or anything in particular with vitriolic hatred.. I don’t plan on backing away from slapping around presumptuous trolls like you.

          • EC8CH

            nah… I don’t think I’m “butt hurt” you probably will need to explain to me what that feels like.

            I’ve pretty much just been amused by how silly your comments are.

          • frankandsimple

            comments? or comment? LOL.. it was 1 comment.. and a pretty legitimate poke at Kellex 🙂
            The rest has been about you acting as the self-appointed Hall Monitor.

          • EC8CH

            “and a pretty legitimate poke”

            you see… silly comments…

          • frankandsimple

            actually no. read again. your reading comprehension is pretty bad. You are in a rush every time..so you fail to comprehend. (not surprising).

          • EC8CH

            No more so than your attempts at assuming humorous implications.

          • frankandsimple

            and even it is.. its my prerogative don’t you think? But your motivation to butt in and stoke.. is kinda sad.

          • EC8CH

            by all means… troll on brother.

            just be prepared to be laughed at when you fail at it.

          • frankandsimple

            sigh!.. all on deaf ears i guess.
            rationale doesn’t bode well with an angry brain.

  • akazerotime

    If you go though the trouble of modifying your phone by root and custom ROM, why not go the extra mile and mod the accessories? I am not understanding the argument of how depressing it is that it doesn’t “work as it should.”

    • InyRules

      It’s depressing because this is another way Verizon/Samsung is screwing with its customers. Also, it’s pretty easy for someone to install the root kit, click the mouse, and have an unlocked boot loader, customer recovery, and then install a new ROM. Taking sandpaper, a dremel, or anything else to literally whittle away at something is just ridiculous.

  • He should put some petroleum jelly on that. it should get rid of the scratch marks. I think.

  • Stewie

    It’s terrible that we have to have this kind of treatment for accessories, plain and simple for sucha nice unit.

  • Chimera

    It’s pretty pathetic that this is what we have to go through to get accessories. This is where OEMs have the perfect opportunity to lock people into their brands – make all of your phones have a standard port layout that fit within a certain space. Then just come out with a cheap plastic piece to put around specific models so that they can fit snug in the connector area. Then partner with some accessory manufacturers and slap a big ol’ compatible with all “Motorola/Samsung/HTC” devices sticker on it. That way, when you drop $150 on a “Motorola compatible” stereo and you upgrade your phone you are more likely to go with Moto again.

  • sru571

    I understand the reason for going through the headache of cutting the car dock. There is no alternative and it doesn’t require much time or effort to accomplish a fit.

    However, this one is a little pointless unless you are really bored or think your time is less valuable than $36 dollars. Save and get the LTE one or wait for a sale is my two cents.

  • You’d have to dis-assemble it but a little bit of plasti-dip and it will look brand new.

    • plasti-dip would just add the thickness back that you just sanded off though

      • Robhimself79

        My thoughts exactly. A thin coat of paint would do. Maybe after finer grit paper, rubbing compound to polish the plastic.

  • $36 – $10 of sandpaper – hours and hours of time – scratched surfaces = how much am I saving again? I would probably just buy the $90 version.

    • boostedcx

      $10 of sandpaper? Are you buying it from Dolce & Gabbana?

      • A pack of 20 sheets of 200 grit sandpaper cost $14 at Home Depot. I’m assuming you’d want a few different grits, which brings the cost up even higher. I suppose you could buy a value pack or something that contains multiple grits already, but I don’t think you’re going to get too far below the $10 I guess-timated.

        Given, none of this matters if you already have sand paper at home. I don’t, at least not any thing finer than 100 grit.

        • How many docks do you plan on altering?

        • TrevorSP

          Most already have sandpaper lying around at their house

  • burntcookie90

    On a side note, why doesn’t google just release LTE versions, unless these things need to be signed off by Verizon as well…

    • Liderc

      It does seem odd. I mean this mod proves that all they would have to redesign is the plastic piece that holds the phone in, that can’t be too much work.

    • Jake

      Because Google isn’t selling an LTE version of the phone, they’re not selling accessories for LTE-specific phone.

  • burntcookie90

    The things we have to go through to make our “nexus” work as it should. Depressing 🙁

    • Liderc

      lol, this is a bit depressing.

      • hkklife

        Say what you want but Moto would not be that foolish/greedy. Sure, they might release a $90 dock but they would PROBABLY have the foresight to engineer it so it was compatible with both variants. I know I was able to use all of my old OG Droid docks and accessories with the wife’s D2 and likewise with the Droid X and X2. And my Bionic desktop dock now works great with either the standard slim or the extended capacity OEM batteries & doors.

        P.S. I still liked Palm’s old Pre/Pixi Touchstone inductive charging docks and their magnetic connection. It did a lot to minimize this sort of confusion.

        • Liderc

          The one Samsung sells is compatible with the LTE Nexus, it’s just $90.

          Or maybe you’re saying they should have designed it so both GSM and LTE versions could be used in the same dock.

          Not really possible since it’s not using a mini HDMI port to connect like old docks, it’s using the 3 tiny docking dots, which would be nearly impossible to make them both compatible due to how precise it has to be to stay connected.